Who won the Gaza war?
When Prime Minister Sharon offered unilateral, unconditional release of Gaza from Israeli control, I supported him. I supported leaving Gaza because I believed that Israel can not leave the West Bank without giving it a test. It could have been suicide.
By letting Gaza enjoy full control of their territory it would be possible to see which direction the Palestinians would take: Cooperation, peace, increased commerce, live in peace. Will they make a better life for themselves or will take the opportunity to attack Israel.
Without a doubt, with decades of hate, attacks and the latest real, unmitigated missile war, the Palestinians proved that they cannot be peace partners under any circumstances. They got millions to improve their lives and used them to make Gaza a full military zone, using kids and civilians as human shields. The Muslims in Gaza are the same people, religion, point of view that Muslims of the West Bank are, and are not ready to consider any measure of cooperation and peace. The Egyptians hate them, no Muslim country wants them. No one wants them.
Just imagine that the thousands of rockets would have come from the West bank. All and every Israeli, all and every home and person could have been a casualty. The damage to Israel would have returned it to a primitive state.
Gaza conduct from its independence proved with no shadow of a doubt, (to realistic people, not to idealistic liberals with no related life experience,) that the West bank must be under Israeli control for many decades to come, until the attitude, hate and desire to murder Israelis, would by some miracles be dissipated from the Muslims of Gaza and the West Bank. A very long-term dream.
What they say they deeply believe; the Palestinians want all the Jews out and that all the West Bank to be a Muslim/Palestinian state.
So, no realistic, sensible person can now propose to let the Palestinian control some of the West bank. Period. It is in central Israel and can shower missile on every part of Israel.
The other reason why I believe Israel benefited considerably from that missile war, is the unity of the Israelites.
My family in Israel covers the political spectrum, from unrealistic idealists- just trust the Palestinians,– to middle of the road, to keep every inch as Israeli territory.
I spoke yesterday with all of them and was satisfied and pleased, all the people I talked with had the same views about the Palestinians and the West Bank: Under no condition can Israel let the Palestinians control any part of the West Bank. And it would be good to let Gaza be part of Egypt or its population spread across the Arab world. But no Muslim country wants them. Palestinians are hated and distrusted by most other Muslims.
The missile attack of Hamas in Gaza was worse than any military attack against civilians ANY PLACE OF THE WORLD FROM WWII.
The death and destruction they attempted to inflict on Israel proved that they can not be trusted, have no human compassion, even for their own children, are hateful to their depth, in short, people you can not have any peaceful relationship.
All Hama’s effort, the untold millions they received, were directed to build a war machine that would kill as many Israelis as possible. In short, they do not have what I consider any human characteristics that you want in a neighbor state.
Again: No one in the world, after WWII, even the Yugoslavia region, attempted to indiscriminately murder of civilians on such a mass scaler. Murder is nothing to them. Their leaders said it often. Just imagine these attacks on Central California. our retaliation would have been immensely powerful.
Sadly idealists (“unrealistically aiming for perfection”) from Senator Sanders down are nice people but are babes in the wood, have no grasp of the world as it is. They live here protected by the biggest military machine of all times and “know” how Israel should behave. They want to punish the Israelis blaming the Israeli without having one iota of experience of the mentality, atrocity and hatred the Palestinians have.
And it is clear to any person with an open mind from the more than a million civilian casualties of the sectarian wars (brother against brother) in Iraq, Yemen, and Syria that the inherent core of these tribal people are still far away from people who should have military power. They will continue to murder one another. And if they do that with no human compassion, to their own “brothers” how do you expect that their Muslim brothers in Israel, who share religion, way of life, hatred to your brother, would treat the hateful Jews?